I Support the Asteroid

March 06, 2017

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Happy Monday. This is a long one.

Trump says he thinks Obama wiretapped him. And we're off! 

The UN's Special Rapporteur for cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, gave remarks on the rise of fundamentalist and extremist hate, and CFI's Michael De Dora, who is in Geneva now, reports to us that Bennoune specifically thanked "civil society organizations, including the Center for Inquiry" for our work. Here is our statement on how supporting cultural rights can help prevent terrorism...

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We Are Not Great Reasoners

March 03, 2017

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So Jeff Sessions did wind up recusing himself in a weird press conference, in which he talked about "gossipy" ambassadors. Meanwhile, Mike Pence used an AOL email account to handle sensitive, security-related communications...and was hacked. But her emails.

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Supracrustal

March 02, 2017

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The Washington Post reports that Jeff Sessions lied to Congress about his contact with Russian officials during the campaign. This morning he offered to recuse himself from investigations of Russia's involvement in the election. 

Jake Tapper talks about the attacks on the press on The Daily Show, insists that CNN needs no special access to the White House and that CNN is "kicking ass." Plus he confesses to Botox.

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We Should Know Better By Now

March 01, 2017

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So Trump played the part of president last night, I suspect very convincingly for many, if not most, Americans. He led the speech, surprisingly, with a condemnation of the threats made against Jewish Community Centers (I'm guessing Priebus won an argument), though earlier he had suggested the threats might have come from "the reverse," implying a false-flag operation to "make others look bad." To make who look bad? Anti-Semites? Do they need help looking bad? 

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Embarrassingly Late

February 28, 2017

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Trump likes to threaten to sue people, but even he rarely actually does it. Turns out that's pretty common. Point of Inquiry welcomes David M. Engle this week to talk about how Americans, though stereotyped as a litigious people, actually rarely sue. 

"At some point, embarrassingly late begins to verge on something more disquieting." So says the Kansas City Star editorial board about the deafening silence from President Trump on the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and the wounding of Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot

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The Garshfather

February 27, 2017

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The latest issue of the super nice and handy CFI newsletter Cause & Effect is out, recapping a fortnight of all the stuff our vast community is up to. 

The Trump administration may pull the U.S. out of the UN Human Rights Council. Un-goddamn-real. 

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The Berenstain Bears Go to Prison

February 24, 2017

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Yesterday we unleashed upon the public our official CFI Progress Report for 2016. Now hold on there, bucko, this ain't no dry piece of propaganda. No indeed! So you stop rolling your eyes right now. 

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Life Releases Gases

February 23, 2017

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In a petty and spiteful move, President Trump rescinds the protections for transgender students implemented by President Obama last year. Interestingly, the key person opposed to this move against students was the Education Secretary herself, Betsy DeVos (Jeff Sessions was all for it of course). She put out a statement in favor of Trump's order, but it's remarkably, well, almost apologetic? She said:

We have a responsibility to protect every student in America and ensure that they have the freedom to learn and thrive in a safe and trusted environment. This is not merely a federal mandate, but a moral obligation no individual, school, district or state can abdicate. At my direction, the department's Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools. 

We'll see.

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Extinction in Memory As Well As Being

February 22, 2017

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Here comes the Trump deportation force, which aims to:

... publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations. 

NYT's editorial board isn't having it...

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The Dregs

February 21, 2017

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Point of Inquiry this week features James McGrath Morris, biographer of "the First Lady of the black press," Ethel Payne. 

69 threats have now come into 54 different Jewish Community Centers across the country, with the latest "wave" of threats occurring yesterday.

Look what Merriam-Webster added to the dictionary: woo-woo: "dubiously or outlandishly mystical, supernatural, or unscientific" 

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